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Paris on a Budget


Landmarks of Paris
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Welcome to Paris:

This is an attempt to get you around this popular city without destroying your budget. As with most tourist meccas, Paris offers plenty of easy ways to pay top dollar for things that won't really enhance your experience. This page will link you to more information about when to visit, dining strategies, and information about affordable three-star hotels and other accommodation strategies, ground transportation, attractions and a host of miscellaneous money-saving tips. You can also view 10 quick money saving tips for Paris.

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When to Visit:

Romantics will say spring, most everyone else will pick summer. For my money, the best time might be the so-called "off season" between November-April. Lines are shorter, budget accommodations are easier to find, and airfares are apt to be heavily discounted.

A Link to Paris Dining Strategies:

Budget travelers are sometimes willing to eat ordinary food and save for other experiences. Paris food is an experience in itself that should not be missed.

A Link to Accommodation Information:

Start your accommodation planning for Paris with a few simple facts: big breakfasts and spacious rooms are not always a part of the budget travel equation here.

A Link to Ground Transportation Information:

Those who think Paris is too expensive are often quite surprised to find out transportation here is available at very affordable prices.

A Link to Budget Advice for Attractions:

Attraction information in Paris comes with generally good news for budget travelers. Many of the best experiences are either free or moderately priced. And did you know there is a pass that will enable you to skip lines at crowded Paris attractions and provide free transportation as well?

A Link to More Paris Tips:

More Money-Saving Advice
Did you know the best view of Paris is not the one for which you pay lots of money and stand in line? Do you know about how gratuities work in Parisian restaurants? These are money-saving questions for which you need answers prior to your visit to Paris.

Step by step tips for visiting any large city on a budget

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